The City of Madrid this morning has announced new traffic restrictions in the city center for the most polluting vehicles. The announcement, made by Jose Antonio Diaz Lazaro, General Coordinator for Environment, Sustainability and Mobility of Madrid City Council took place during the delivery of two Nissan e-NV200 vans to SEUR and Calidad Pascual in the Old Central Fruit and Vegetables Market of Madrid.
Nissan Iberia has delivered this morning two new vans e-NV200 to SEUR and Calidad Pascual in the ceremony at the Old Central Fruit and Vegetables Market of Madrid, where FREVUE (FReight Electric Vehicles in Urban Europe:) is headquartered at present. As we already reported, the City of Madrid agreed the cession of its infrastructure for the delivery of last mile to SEUR, TNT, Calidad Pascual, ITENE Technology Centre, EMT Madrid, CITET and Renault, Iveco, Nissan and Mercedes Benz as suppliers of the electric vehicles for the test.
For David Sastre, Director of Strategy, Marketing and CSR at SEUR their commitment to sustainability goes beyond their activity. To do this, SEUR develops a carbon neutral policy through the use of environmentally friendly vehicles and compensation of CO2 emissions (47,000 tons of CO2 in 2015), in order to improve the lives of citizens.
Meanwhile Javier Ribera, CEO of Horeca and capillary distribution of Calidad Pascual reported the delivery of more than 3 million kg of goods in 19,000 deliveries during the two years of operation of the FREVUE experience. During this period they have prevented the emission of 10 million tons of CO2.
New deterrents to private circulation
The City of Madrid, in the words of Jose Antonio Diaz Lazaro, General Coordinator for Environment, Sustainability and Mobility of Madrid City Council, praised the experience as a very useful tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are damaging air quality and result in worsening health of citizens. In this regard, and following the adoption of a new protocol of action against pollution peaks in Madrid, he announced new restrictions, this time harder for the end of the year. These would consist of banning the entry to the town center to the most polluting private vehicles, including diesel and especially more ageing vehicles that do not have new technologies to reduce emissions.
For Marco Toro, Executive Managing Director Nissan Iberia, despite the fact that Spain produces five models of electric vehicles in its factories, it is far behind in terms of market share with respect to neighboring countries such as France. He took the opportunity to recall that there is a lack of government incentives for their use and a clear improvement of infrastructure for occasional recharge is required. While in Spain we have only 700 points in France they have already installed about 7,000 recharging points.
Also, Toro demanded a regulatory framework to facilitate the installation of charging points in leisure centers, restaurants, supermarkets and hotels, in an allusion to the controversy of the Load Managers, a figure that only exists in Spain and that is hindering free competition.
Toro also gave a slap on the wrist to the administration claiming a greater awareness and exemplary use of electric vehicles in their fleets.